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AirTrunk reveals plans for first data centre in Malaysia

Written by Thu 19 Jan 2023

AirTrunk, a Macquarie-backed hyperscale data centre specialist, has revealed plans for its first data centre in Malaysia. The new JHB1 facility will span 10.3 hectares of land in Johor Bahru and have a capacity of more than 150MW.

JHB1 will include 5MW of solar panels on its roof, indirect evaporative cooling solutions, and direct-to-chip liquid cooling technology. This will allow AirTrunk customers to deploy high density racks while reducing energy consumption by 20%. Overall, the data centre will aim for a 1.15 PUE.

“With its flexible designs and innovations driving energy and water efficiencies in tropic climates, JHB1 will be the most sustainable data centre in Malaysia. In line with our Net Zero by 2030 target, we are working with our customers to source renewable energy to match electricity consumption at the data centre,” said Damien Spillane, AirTrunk’s Chief Technology Officer.

JHB1 will be located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, close to a major cloud availability zone for AirTrunk customers, which will offer strong domestic and international connection to regional technology hubs like Singapore.

AirTrunk Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Robin Khuda said: “It is an exciting time for our business as we announce a new data centre in a new country with a large anchor tenant. AirTrunk continues to develop critical digital infrastructure to support accelerating digitalisation in the region.”

The initial phase of construction of JHB1 will begin shortly. Once completed in 2024, the Malaysia data centre will provide an initial capacity of 50MW for Airtrunk customers. The data centre can be expanded to more than 150MW based on customer demand and rising cloud adoption in Southeast Asia.

This will be the ninth data centre for AirTrunk in the APJ region, bringing its platform to over 1.35GW of capacity.

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Written by Thu 19 Jan 2023

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